Sunday, December 31, 2006

Wish you were now.

A few years ago, I went to a New Year's party where everyone wrote a letter to their future selves. The idea was to have a stupid little note from yourself to open five years from that date. Did you change? Did anything else? Any surprises?

I’m pretty sure I was supposed to open it this year, but damned if I can find it. That resolution to be more organized really took flight, huh?

I was drunk at the time, and I’m sure I wrote something flip (I’m soooooo witty when I’m drunk). Considering how much has changed in that time, though, I really wish I could find the letter. Good God, my life today would knock Early Twenties Garvey for a loop.

Anyway, I wrote a new letter this morning, and I’ll post it on December 31, 2007. If you want to play along, feel free. Write a letter to yo’sef today and either post it to your own site, or leave it as a comment on the toybox in one year.

(Getting drunk and writing it is optional.)

Friday, December 29, 2006

Oh, and also?

Looking in your direction, Beers...

I started playing Final Fantasy III on the DS and I hear you can get secret stuff if you connect to other people via wi-fi.

So... get going on that. Here's my "friend code": 4940-0921-0369

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Silence In The Admissions Office… DUNH DUNH DUUUNH!

I asked my office-mate, “Teens”, to give me a title for my post today, and her bored-to-tears mind came up with the above. And people, it’s not untrue.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me continue with another truth. I should say that the following statement is made objectively, that it is factual, measurable, and stated without any hint of hyperbole:

Best. Christmas. Evar.

One reason I started the RT in the first place was to record my life – to commit to writing Mike Garvey history as it happens. And one point I would like to publish here and now, to be saved on the Google servers for all eternity, or until the internet comes to life and enslaves the human race, is that no better Christmas has ever been had by anyone, at any time, in any place. (With the one exception of course – but even that chapter in the greatest story ever told lacked a signed Ryan Miller jersey.)

I got everything I could possibly have wanted and more, but that was trumped by Q.T. spent with the fam. I got to hold Maeve, take Christmas pics with her, tell her about Santa, help her open presents, watch the good cartoons with her, et cetera. That, Charlie Brown, is what it’s all about.

“Teens” is trying to convince me that vending machine coffee isn’t all that bad. She’s wrong. It is all that bad. And I say that factually, measurably, and without any hint of hyperbole.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A few bits to chew on

Things I would like to have blogged about recently but didn’t have the time:

Exams – are done. I actually only had two this semester, but they were humdingers, letmetellyou. No grades yet.

Maeve – is, as always, awesome. We’re trying to get her to roll over these days. But hell, if someone brought me food, changed my diapers, held me while I slept, turned on my stories for me, etc., I wouldn’t move voluntarily either.

Birthday – Best. Ever. My sibs pulled out all the stops when they (minus the vomiting Cecilia) came over on Saturday for tacos and Superman gift bags. They brought me sweet loot and pretended to like me for a whole evening. Then Thursday was Birthday II, Electric Birthaloo out at mom and dad’s where I got more sweet loot and even a cake with an Industrial Revolution theme, as requested.

Blockbuster – have you been there lately? Has anyone? Anyone in the world? Did you know they’re still there? I stopped there the other day to pick up a post-finals video game with a gift certificate Louis gave me for my birthday. The dvd jockey behind the counter took my card and the gift certificate, monkeyed around on his computer for a few seconds and actually said to me: “Oh jeez, I hit the wrong button here. Do you wanna just pay with cash?”

Drivers – suck. I fear for the future of humanity. Listen: use your blinker. There’re two in your car. Find them. Use them. Love them. Listen also: you in the front of the line. You have a job. Look at those pretty lights in front of you, and when you see green, go. Buffalo drivers used to be really good at this. They’d do the “one, two, three, GREEN!” thing, and be halfway through the intersection before the green lightwaves fully traveled from the traffic light to earth. Now, I think the average WNY driver looks for the snooze button before deciding to get out of my old man way.

Dreams – I’ve recently had a bunch of very realistic dreams. Nothing really relevant, just that it seems my mind is on overdrive each night now. In one, Esther’s car was stolen, and we decided to go to the zoo to look for it. In another, I discovered I could leave my body (not like death or anything, just that an ethereal “me” could zip out and fly around. Oh, and I had to leave my body through my nose). Last night, I dreamt I turned an abandoned blockbuster video into a family practice law firm.

Fisher Price – growing up in East Aurora, the Christmas decorations along Main Street, and in the plaza, and especially throughout the Fisher Price campus were visions to which we looked forward all year. Lisa and Maeve and I drove past the toy factory on Thursday and though the scene seemed to lack a certain, let's say, snowy element, it was definitely enough to keep us in a holly jolly mood until we got home. We snapped this pic driving past (as you can tell), but hopefully it’ll warm the hearts of those East Aurorans who can’t be home for Christmas.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


I wasn't going to post this, since a) I want everyone to think I'm really busy and overloaded and b) because I screwed up question #9 and they won't let you edit once you hit that "submit" button.

But, I suppose if I a) assure you I only spent fifteen minutes on this while I was waiting for stuff to print and b) tell you the right choice to #9 is "C - Albany, NY", then I've covered my bases.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Here comes crazy!

Won't be posting much for the next week or so. Exam #1 is Friday, and exam #2, the final final, is Monday. In the meantime, enjoy this video sent to me by Esther, who loves both Charlie Brown and the cast of Scrubs as much as I do.

In case the embedded video didn't work, try this link:

I'll be back when I'm 29...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006